Lucy's Playground
Paint Picture & Story Designed by Ashley Pless

Lucy on the Playground

    There once was a little girl named Lucy.  She was nine years old and loved the outdoors.  Since she had turned nine, she had been a part of the community helpers which took care of the nearby park, keeping it clean, neat and a fun place to play.  When she was about to enter the fourth grade, her parents told her they were moving!  She would be very upset to leave her playground, but she knew she could overcome this and make a new life in her new town. 

    Once her family had settled into their new home, Lucy and her parents decided to take a walk around their new neighborhood.  As they were walking, they came across the neighborhood park.  Lucy was getting anxious to see it, since this was her love.  As they neared the park, her heart sank.  The park was a terrible mess!  Garbage was everywhere, and it looked very unsafe.  Lucy was upset, but had a plan. 

    As soon as school started, Lucy made new friends quickly.  After a few weeks of school, and passing the ruins of a perfectly good park everyday, Lucy worked hard to create a team of community helpers of her own.  She posted signs all over the place and began recruiting children and adults from the neighborhood who were interested in turning the park into what they all new it could be.  Several weeks of renevating the area, it started to look like a park again.  It seemed as though the local squirrel and birds thought so as well. 

    Lucy had done a great thing.  It was definitely something she could be proud of.  She brought the community together and made a beautiful place to be able to just sit back, relax, and enjoy nature.

Critical thinking questions to ask students that would change your story to their story:
1.  How would you change the main character? (Introduction)
2.  Where would your story take place?  (Setting)
3.  What would happen to the main character in your story?  (Plot)
4.  How would your story end?  (Ending)

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